Pakistan on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkey for the provision of 52 Super Mushshak training aircrafts.

Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain confirmed the deal at the 9th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar in Karachi, adding that all MoUs being signed with states contain a clause that guarantees a transfer of technology will be a part of the deal.

The Super Mushshak is an advanced variant of the Mushshak basic trainer, and is produced at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.

The aircraft has a service ceiling of 22,000 feet, and a maximum speed of 268km/h. Range of the aircraft is reported at 814 kilometres.

The aircraft is already in service with Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iran and South Africa. Nigeria bought the aircraft in early 2016 and Qatar bought the trainers in June this year.

Basic flight training is provided on the aircraft for aspiring pilots.

Pakistan, Ukraine agree to upgrade Al-Khalid battle tanks

Pakistan and Ukraine on Wednesday signed an MoU to upgrade Al-Khalid battle tanks being built in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

Under the agreement, Ukraine will provide technical support and engines for 200 Al-Khalid tanks.

President Mamnoon Hussain during a meeting with Ukraine Defence Minister General Stephan Poltorak in Karachi said that maintaining strong ties with Ukraine is of immense importance for Pakistan.

The president added that Pakistan wants to boost its bilateral relations with Ukraine.

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